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Barcelona — Arrival; Day 1

Last week I reviewed Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ship Harmony of the Seas. You may recall that I mentioned we took Harmony on a transatlantic cruise out of Barcelona starting at the end of October 2021. What I didn’t mention is that we spent three nights in Barcelona before boarding Harmony. So, over the next four weeks I’ll be presenting to you images of that trip to Barcelona, culminating with a Fun Food Friday restaurant review on February 11 of a tapas place so impressive that we returned to it all three nights we were there.

Plaça de Catalunya monument to Francesc Macià

It was a bright, sunny day when we finally arrived at our wonderful hotel, the amazingly located Catalonia Portal de l’Àngel. You’d be hard pressed to find affordable accommodations at a comparable location. Catalonia Portal de l’Àngel is on a pedestrian street just minutes away from the bustling Plaça de Catalunya.

One of many statues in Plaça de Catalunya

Alas, the weather was not expected to hold, and rain was forecast for Day 2. Ursula had prepaid for us a two-day pass on City Sightseeing’s Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, so we wasted no time taking advantage as soon as we dropped off our luggage at the hotel. We hustled over to the east side of Plaça de Catalunya, picked up our passes, then strolled over to the west side of the plaza to catch a Red Line tour. City Sightseeing offers a Red and a Blue tour, and a third Green tour operates during the summer. Here’s the route map for all three:

City Sightseeing route map

My recommendation for the Hop-On/Hop-Off is to take the upper deck, as in most cities the views above beats the views below.

Looking up often beats…
… looking down, but not always

I’m going to stop here for today, as we have much to cover over the next four weeks. Until Wednesday, I’ll just leave you with the photo gallery/slide show taken on Day 1 while cruising the Red Line:

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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Barcelona and Park Güell Favorites

Shutters and Shadow

Here is today’s Fun Photo Friday gallery and slide show:

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54 Days at Sea — Visiting Park Güell, Barcelona

Park Güell

This week and last I’ve been presenting to you images of a very distinct architectural style. It’s known as Catalan Modernism, and it is characterized by a very fluid, organic look. One of the most important practitioners and proponents of this style was Antoni Gaudí.

Park Güell

And the best place to go to see Antoni Gaudí’s work is a park on the western edge of Barcelona. Today’s photos were taken at Barcelona’s Park Güell, which was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built during the fifteen-year period between 1900 and 1914.

Park Güell

The buildings here are typical of Catalan Modernism, with brightly colored tiles adorning flowing, curvaceous forms reminiscent of what you would expect from a fairy tale setting.

Park Güell

Park Güell

Not all the lines at Park Güell are fluid, or even modern, however. Rather surprisingly, neoclassical elements such as fluted colonnades are also in evidence:

Park Güell

Park Güell

Enough of the architectural lessons. It’s time to just soak in the sights of this fascinating park with a photo gallery. Click on any image below to enlarge and activate today’s slide show:

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